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 Graduate College

Biotechnology (PSM)

Department of Biology
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Head: Dr. David Saunders
Phone: (319) 273-2456

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. David Saunders
Phone: (319) 273-2456

Read the UNI Catalog description:

This P.S.M. degree prepares students for career opportunities in biotechnology-related businesses and industries. Emphasis is placed on combining molecular and genetic engineering skills with an understanding of business and the degree includes an internship experience. Admission is restricted to students with a GPA of 3.00 or higher and a B.A. or B.S. in Biotechnology, Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline. Students must have taken an Introductory General Biology sequence, Genetics and one or more courses in Molecular Biology or equivalents to be considered.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Biology for any other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made. 

This major is available on the non-thesis option only. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required. A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

BIOL 4153/5153 (840:153g)Recombinant DNA Techniques4
BIOL 6215Advanced Molecular Cloning3
BIOL 6240 (840:240)Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 6280 (840:280)Advanced Analytical Techniques2
Science and Science Education:5-7
Professional Science Master's Seminar (1 hr.)
Professional Science Master's Internship (4-6 hrs.)
Business and Marketing:
Business fundamentals course (approved by advisor)3
MKTG 3586/5586 (130:175g)Entrepreneurial Strategy3
Electives (must be 100g/5000-level or above):5-7
Select from the following or other graduate level courses as approved by advisor:

Plant Biotechnology
Plant Physiology
Bioinformatics Applications for Biology
Cell Biology
Genomics and Proteomics
Developmental Biology of Animals
Applied Statistical Methods for Research
Research (1-2 hrs.)
Chemistry and Biochemistry:
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Laboratory
Total Hours 30